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New genotyping lab opened in Canada

NRGene, a genomics company, announces the official opening of its new office and genotyping lab in Saskatoon, Canada. The opening event will take place in the Innovation Place in the presence of members of the legislative assembly of Saskatchewan, academia, companies, and government officials.

NRGene develops and commercializes AI-based genomic tools and provides ag-based companies with computational tools to optimize and accelerate breeding programs to increase crop yield, save time, costs, and other resources.

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In May 2020, NRGene announced its intentions to run local operations in Canada, and Dr. Masood Rizvi, General Manager of NRGene Canada, was appointed to lead and oversee this expansion. Today, this branch offers end-to-end solutions provided by a team of local genomics experts and breeders to allow ongoing support to partners in Canada and the US. The current team, which continues to grow, is learning the local needs and challenges for developing and optimizing solutions tailored to the Canadian ecosystem.

The office is strategically located in Saskatoon’s agriculture research cluster, close to research institutes such as the University of Saskatchewan, Agriculture-and-Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canadian Light-Source (CLS), National-Research-Council (NRC), and more, allowing NRGene to maintain and strengthen long-term relationships with its current and potential partners throughout the Canadian Ag-tech community.

By opening its first genotyping lab in Canada, NRGene fulfilled its strategic decision to strengthen its presence in the industry value chain. This new lab will allow NRGene to provide its customers with full genotyping solution and complement NRGene’s computational capabilities. Dr. Hashim Khan was appointed to lead the lab operations and will be applying his experience in genomics. A fully automated and integrated lab with a LIMS platform will support high-throughput processing, facilitate local end-to-end solutions, improve service quality, shorten genotyping test cycles, and simplify logistic operations.

“NRGene believes in the Canadian ag-bio sector and is committed to grow together and bolster our relationship with Canadian partners,” said Dr. Gil Ronen, NRGene’s Founder and CEO. “Opening this new office and lab in Canada is an important step toward our goal of expanding our operations in key geographic areas worldwide.”

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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